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Smilodon Populator by synnabar Smilodon Populator by synnabar
Sara Palmer (Caribou) suggested I try a smilodon in my "hyenabones" style, so here it is. Again, a very enjoyable (and equally anatomically impossible) experiment. I am a huge fan of prehistoric mammals, especially feline ones (surprise surprise)!

RSVP pen, gouache, watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper.
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mikitulin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly the most accurate speculation we can make regarding Smilodon's appearance given the available evidence. Bravo! Keep up the good work
Kaito1999 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Neo128 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
Great job... But he looks more like a depopulator to me. :o
BethHughes Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Wow. I love it, as a huge fan of prehistoric felines myself it's even better! Simple amazing :)
Niall-Larner Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job =)
RainingGlory Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art thief (?)

LOTSOFADOPTS Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was posted in 2006 and that other image was posted in 2007. Plus, you can make out the tag by :iconsynnabar: at the bottom, if you look closely.
So the OTHER person is the theif, not ~synnabar.
RainingGlory Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fff, I'm so sorry. That was a VERY old comment, and I was probably meant to post it on the other one but didn't look properly. ;n;
Peggy2011 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
MikalBlitzkrieg Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
I love it, and also what you could do to add a little bit of a oddity to it is add some eyes, so that way you could have a bit of an exoskeleton look to it!
wolffuchs Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow very great!
MarkofThanatos Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice
marderauge Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
omg, this is totally interesting and just.. wow!
amaya-ruki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Artist
^_^ great job
Blackmagicwolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
You painted this!!! It's so awesome totaly thumbs up worthy.
Smilodon-populator Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Obviously I like this one quite a lot, in particular the shading/coloration and hair detail.
dogalmighty Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the series you did of these type of pictures, was especially fond of the Spotted Hyena
Kwayera Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Oooh I love this guy.

Everyone's all "SMILODON FATALIS" and I'm like no way. Smilodon populator. The Smilodon that brings devestation. TAKE THAT.

Glad I'm not the only one!
desertwindwolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Wow I totally love the whole I idea of this style, I hope you don't mind mi using this as reference?
LittleFoxStudio Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is very cool. FAV!!!
larkin-art Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
very nicely done- a great idea to combine the fossil evidence with the the living animal in such a way. beautifully executed too.
Link555 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007   Digital Artist
Its so perfect!!
Very Good!!!!
Nenva Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Wow. That is really amazing...I wish I had your talent!
Zhon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter

Do you sell a book? like a combination portfolio of all your works or something?! Or Prints of any of these?
synnabar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, gosh, thanks for the kind comments! :) :) :)

I can make prints of just about anything you see here. I have some listed on my website: [link] but that needs to be updated (soooon, I keep telling myself).

I also sell mini-print sets of 10 images each on cardstock, each approx. 3" x 4". If you want to see what's in each set, I could scan them in for you (but no worries if not... eventually I'll have it up on my site, too).

Thanks again for the wonderful comments!!! YOUR work is just awesome - wow, fantastic taxidermy!!!!
Zhon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I'd love to get some prints from you!
The main one's i'm interested in are:
Smilodon Populator
The Bribe
Poetic Dragon

And I'm not sure if you will sell prints of comissioned work, but I love "Morier the Dark" and "Grimmutt for Crowe Basalt"

I'd like them to be around 8x10-ish if possible (easier to matte/frame)
If you'd like to do a trade, I'll have a new journal posted soon! New skulls like Spotted Civets, minks and skunks.
synnabar Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can get those all to you if you like! They're all 8-1/2" x 11". HOWEVER I also love to do trades! If you have anything you'd like to trade, let's talk when you're ready! :D
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have anything in my recent journal up for trades.
So if you're into the whole"dead stuff" thing.... I can get almost anything.
SabreX20 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
:dance: I saw this on FurAffinity quite a while ago, and I'm very happy you submitted it here :aww: :+fav:
PippinIncarnate Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
spread the prehistoric animals love! I've been trying to draw them more but meh...i'm lazy.

rathabirg Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
Woo! I loved hyenabones- this concept has something to it! I really enjoy your artwork Synn. :)
kamiawolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah! That looks amazing! I love how the fur and skull are blended together seamlessly :D Great job, its really amazing to look at!
thejackbull Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.... as strange as this sounds, you should be illustrating what prehistoric creatures might have looked like. Give everyone a few fresh idea on what creatures could have looked like.
windcat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
Love! Go prehistoric kitties! Go non fatalis smilodon drawings!
Besides that, the whole flow of the image is nice, and the skull is exquisite.
Timberwolf4u Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
AWESOME work! Very surreal and dark/macabre.
Feniiku Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant, I love the detail of the fur and the skull.
Coeurlregina Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! You really got the feeling of the old and interesting part of the animal and still making it feel as real as a lion is today. Excellent work!

S. Populator is in fact one of my favorite prehistoric felines. Plus Homotherium and Miracinonyx of course.
sagual-yunixa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
If only these beasts still exhisted. Cool.
daisybenshoff Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Your going on watch and this is going on favorites!
SeraphimIncendium Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Wow, that's awesome!
LindaColijn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this idea. The skull looks so realistic, very detailed. If only we could see this animal alive, it must have been such an amazing creature.
Drool-in-terror Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
That's unreal!!
Absolutely brilliant!
rainy-shadow Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Wow! It's very impressive, amazingly your able to make the transition from fur to bone pritty smoothly, although a couple of things bother me... their so little that I'm not really sure exactly what they are.
tiamat9 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Great composition. I love the details and anatomy. Excellent form and structure. The skeletal part is amazing. Exquisitely designed.
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gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
stunning work :o
farmasil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
Very neat job, you're really good at anathomy :clap:
Sininenkissa Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
This is really good! That skull is good and anatomia also. Somehow it's cute too. :D
mercurium Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OtioseCipher Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
That's awesome :) (I like the background colour aswell...
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